Interview with Per Holbo

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a rather rough neighbourhood in Horsens, Denmark. In the 80's the tensions between two rivaling gangs had grown to a level of violence that drove the Police to start a section dedicated to fight gang wars. My sister, two brothers and I managed to stay fairly out of trouble, but of course this environment has made an impact on my view on life. Even the harshest criminal is usually soft inside and every person can change their violent behaviour if they set their mind to it and if they get the support to do so.
When did you first start writing?
I don't remember exactly, but I wasn't very old, maybe 6 or 7 years old. Back then I wrote a wide variety of stories using pen and paper. When I was 14 years old I bought an Olivetti Electronic typewriter and I remember with a smile how I used to write way too fast for that machine to keep up, even though I only used my own 3-4 fingered system. When the buffer on that old Olly was full it made a long beep and I let go of the keyboard waiting for it to finish. Then I would continue the next few sentences till the buffer screamed "enough already! Let me think!" again. I had that machine for almost 4 years, before it was worn out and I bought myself an Amiga 500 that lasted the next 5 years, before I could finally afford a normal PC with Microsoft Word installed.
Describe your desk
Ahem... well... I'm not sure what my desk really looks like. The view is kind of blocked ;-)
What's the story behind your latest book?
'Skrymer's Glove' is a science fiction, where the basic idea is that Norse Mythology emerged as a result of alien races visiting our planet through time. Additionally I was inspired by the finding of a mysterious object in the Baltic Sea between Russia and Finland/Sweden. Search Google for "Ocean X-team" to find out more...
What motivated you to become an indie author?
After having several stories gathering dust inside my laptop for ages, I suddenly stumbled on a couple of web sites, where you can upload your books. The most important motivation to go the Indie way instead of traditional publishing is that the traditional book business seems to suck out money and life from both authors and readers.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
The easy and intuitive build of the interface of Smashwords and the distribution network gives me time to do what I cherish the most as an author: writing great stories for everyone to enjoy!
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Watching a story come to life! When I write, the beginning of the story is usually a bit of a struggle, but then, as the story progresses, it gradually lives a life of its own and at some point, I feel like I'm just writing down what the story itself dictates - that's when I find it most inspiring to write!
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I am married and have 4 kids. Need I say more?
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I have different approaches. One is to search by genre. Another is to just surf through databases in the hope that some interesting title pops up. But usually I'm most influenced in my choice by friends recommending books...
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
No, I don't remember the first story I read, but when I was about 12 years old, I borrowed Isaac Asimov's 'Foundation' trilogy and found the basic plot of using mathematic probability to determine the most likely future amazing!
How do you approach cover design?
It depends on the book, but if I have the money for it, I prefer having a pro do it for me. That way, I can focus on writing.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
The Foundation Trilogy for its complex and innovative plot
Most of Hans Christian Andersens work for his ability to insert several layers: for children, for parents, for politicians and so on...
The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy for its crazy and philosophical approach to the meaning of life
Ecclesiastes by Salomon (from the Bible) for its philosophical approach to the meaning of life
The Harry Potter series for its entertaining value
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Usually I read eBooks on my Android phone, but occasionally I use my PC
Published 2016-01-19.
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Books by This Author

Udgårds Porte
Series: Projekt Fyrkat. Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 101,580. Language: Danish. Published: July 1, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
Tjalfe og Røskva vågner forvirrede op på Alfheim. Balder er forsvundet efter en test af det nye Aseskib, Mjølner. Under eftersøgningen bliver de kontaktet af jætten Trym, der forlanger at blive gift med Freja på sin hjemplanet Muspelheim ved Udgårds Porte. Hvordan kan de befri Balder, skaffe Mjølner tilbage og samtidig sikre, at Freja ikke ender som jættekone? Og hvorfor er Trym så besat af Freja?
Gates of Utgaard
Series: The Fyrkat Project, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 117,630. Language: English. Published: November 1, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
The story from "Skryms Glove" continued: The human children Tjalfe and Roeskva find themselves waking up onboard the Aseir ship, Alfheim, as the ship is attacked. Balder has disappeared after a test run of the new Aseir ship, Mjolnir with Thors new devastating weapon "The Hammer" onboard. Who captured Balder and why is Trym, the strange commander of Planet Muspelheim, bent on marrying Freya?
Thor goes Bridal
Series: Asgard Saga. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 2,580. Language: English. Published: October 27, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
Thors hammer, Mjolnir, is stolen by the Yetten Trym. Trym agrees to give back the hammer in exchange for Freyas hand in marriage. She is less than willing to marry Trym, so the only way they can get it back is by Thor dressing up like a bride and tricking Trym into believing that he is in fact Freya.
Making a Gilling
Price: Free! Words: 3,200. Language: English. Published: May 23, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
Loki wants to be an officer in the Yetten fleet, but his family background makes it virtually impossible. He devices a plan to get his arch enemy, Gilling, to help him out. Will he suceed? This short story is a prequel to "Skrymers Glove" and aims at answering previously unanswered questions about Loki
Skrymers Glove
Series: The Fyrkat Project, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 72,310. Language: English. Published: May 7, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Military, Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
War in the Milky Way! During experimentation with the Fyrkat device on planet Earth, two human children, Tjalfe and Roeskva, are abducted by the Yetten and now it´s up to Thor, Loki, Balder, Freya and Sif to rescue them. Unfortunately there is a traitor among them. Who can they trust? And will they succeed in saving the children´s lives?
Asgard Saga - Thor's Hammer
Series: Asgard Saga, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 2,070. Language: English. Published: December 27, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Religious
Thor is well known for Mjolner, the war hammer that will always hit it's target and then return to the hand of it's owner. But how did Thor get hold of the weapon? This short story tells the tale on how Loki managed to trick the Dwarven smiths into giving the Aseir 6 gifts of which Mjolner was one of them.
Skrymers Handske
Series: Projekt Fyrkat. Price: Free! Words: 54,740. Language: Danish. Published: September 17, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Særligt tilbud! - Gratis indtil 31/5 - Projekt Fyrkat #2, Udgårds Porte, udgives 1/6 Der er krig i Mælkevejen. Da Jætterne bortfører menneskebørnene Tjalfe og Røskva, må Thor og hans kampfæller tage til Skrymers Handske, en klynge af sorte huller, hvor en sindssyg redningsaktion sættes i værk. Kan Thor nå at redde Tjalfe og Røskva, inden Jætterne slår dem ihjel? Og hvem kan han stole på
Drillefanten, Der Ikke Ville Drille
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 5,420. Language: Danish. Published: September 2, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Social Issues / Bullying, Fiction » Children’s books » Fairy tales & fables
Lille Knud er ked af det. Det er Fastelavn og alle Drillefanterne går helt amok med drillerierne. Alle vil gerne være Årets Drillefant. Men ikke Lille Knud... Han VIL ikke drille, for så bliver andre kede af det. Og det er altså lidt svært at være en Drillefant, der ikke kan lide at drille. Heldigvis får hans gode ven, Kilderaffen Karl Smart, en god idé - en smart idé, faktisk...! Dansk Børnebog
Hvordan udgiver jeg min eBog?
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 27,970. Language: Danish. Published: June 12, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Publishing » Self-publishing
Vil du gerne udgive en bog? Har du ingen eller næsten ingen viden om, hvordan man gør? Så er her en letforståelig trinvis guide til udgivelse af eBøger på dansk og engelsk. Bogen indeholder hjælp til opsætning af eBøger, lette trin til udgivelse på Amazon, Smashwords samt på danske webshops. Og som en ekstra bonus får du hjælp til fritagelse for skat fra de amerikansk baserede portaler.
Embarrassing Moments Too
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 10,940. Language: English. Published: May 2, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Flash fiction
A funeral, a woman with peculiar ways of avoiding speeding tickets, a man almost having an affair and a woman showing her Paper Boy everything. Those are some of the characters in this collection of crazy, but untrue stories for your enjoyment... Content: The Mysterious Disappearance of McGrath Commercialized Adultery Dying Wishes Paper Boy The Sissy Eunuch Speeding (never before publishe
Fars Fødselsveer
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,770. Language: Danish. Published: April 25, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Fødselsmafiaen er overalt! Novelle om fars bestræbelser på at være en god mand for moren til hans barn... del af novellesamlingen 'Pinligt!'
Bier & Blomster
Price: Free! Words: 1,590. Language: Danish. Published: April 25, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General, Fiction » Adventure » Men’s adventure
"Far... Hvor kom lillesøster ud henne?" - hvad gør man lige, når ens søn stiller den slags spørgsmål, inden han er gammel nok til at gå i børnehave?
Dying Wishes
Price: Free! Words: 2,200. Language: English. Published: April 23, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Crime
(3.50 from 2 reviews)
A hit using a car crash? Not the original plan, but who cares? It worked, didn´t it?
Commercialized Adultery
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,200. Language: English. Published: April 20, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire
A dating site for married people claims honesty in having an affair, because both know the other one is married. But why does the site have a PANIC! button?
Asgard Saga - Odin the Creator
Series: Asgard Saga, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 5,400. Language: English. Published: April 2, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical, Fiction » Educational
Does the names Thor, Odin or Loke mean anything to you? Maybe you´ve heard them mentioned in a TV-series or a movie? In Asgard Saga you get to know the Aseir gods a little better. This first part of the series is focused on Odin as the creator of the world.
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 7,900. Language: Danish. Published: March 1, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Mød Fødselsmafiaen, en rottefælde, en ukrudtsbrænder, en giraf, Jydske betjente, et Dankort på afveje, en slagfærdig ældre dame med stok og meget mere i denne samling af små historier, der nok skal give dig noget at grine af. "Pinligt" er nummer to i serien "Holbohistorier" af Per Holbo og handler om alle de mange pinlige ting, vi kommer ud for i hverdagen - nåja, måske ikke os alle sammen...?
Sheriff´s Car Heist
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 1,880. Language: English. Published: January 30, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Crime
Sheriff Styles´s car has disappeared and he knows who stole it - well, sort of... Sheriff´s Car Heist is a humorous story presenting one of the characters in the upcoming novel "Books on Feijer"
The Mysterious Disappearance of McGrath
You set the price! Words: 2,140. Language: English. Published: January 8, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General, Fiction » Anthologies » Flash fiction
(5.00 from 3 reviews)
McGrath isn´t the most Scottish Scotsman who ever lived but on one point he lives up to his name: he his quite reluctant to spend money. One day he comes up with the ultimate plan to save a LOT of money! He is successful and the plan even has a welcome side effect he hadn´t counted on. Only in the very end he finds out there a flip side...
Prinsesse Lila og Prinsen på Den Vrede Hest
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 1,990. Language: Danish. Published: January 6, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fairy tales & fables
Prinsesse Lila har det svært. Hun vil gerne giftes med Prinsen, men Den Vrede Hest er der altid og skælder hende ud for alt, hvad hun gør. Heldigvis lærer hun dragen at kende og den hjælper hende med at bekæmpe de dårlige følelser, hun har med sig selv. Bogen er velegnet som højtlæsning for de 3-9årige, men der er også noget for de voksne.
The Sissy Eunuch
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,440. Language: English. Published: January 5, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire
(4.00 from 1 review)
In "The sissy Eunuch" we meet a man who has just gone through with a vasectomy. He is telling the story himself and does it rather well, so I won´t present you with any spoilers. I do promise this, though: you won´t forget the story right away after you´ve read it!
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 5,980. Language: Danish. Published: December 25, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Holbohistorier er PendlerProsa til dig på farten. Seks ultrakorte noveller med humor og finurlighed. Denne første udgivelse i PendlerProsa-serien har det fælles tema: "Mænd og deres kvinder" Læserne skriver... "Uh det er lige så det synger i tandplumberne - sejt, stærkt og hylende sjovt!" - Susan "Gør livet spændende..få en affære! Jamen kan det blive mere idiotisk?" - Ingelise
Princess Lila and The Knight in Shouting Armour
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 2,240. Language: English. Published: December 22, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fairy tales & fables
Princess Lila lives in a tower in her father´s castle and she is about to be married to a prince. She really likes the prince and he likes her, but a Knight in Shouting Armour shouts at her and takes away her self confidence. Then she meets the Dragon, who helps her defeat the Knight in Shouting Armour and eat away the bad feelings she has for herself.
Juleeventyr med Onkel Andreas
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 4,260. Language: Danish. Published: December 5, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Entertainment
Der sker altid en masse underlige ting, hvor Onkel Andreas er og det er faktisk aldrig rigtig hans skyld. Han prøver ikke på at være sjov eller noget, men af en eller anden mærkelig grund kommer han ud for de særeste ting - til stor fornøjelse for sine børnebørn...
Nikolines sure tæ´r
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 770. Language: Danish. Published: December 3, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fairy tales & fables
Nikoline er glad for sine vinterstøvler. Så glad, at hun vil sove med dem om natten. Men mor vil ikke have det, for så får hun sure tæ´r. Nikoline kan ikke rigtig forstå, hvordan det kan være, hendes tæ´r bliver sure på hende, men om natten drømmer hun om, at tæ´rne bliver virkelig sure og det får hende på andre tanker... Bare rolig: det ender godt!